Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take on the Western canon of fairy tales in their sly, wry, joint collection Grumbles from the Forest (Boyds Mills, $16.95). For each beloved piece of lore, they offer poems in the voices of different characters. Major and minor players are equally represented, giving the reader a range of fresh and surprising perspectives. We hear from the princess and the pea. There’s Jack with his beanstalk, but also the Giant’s Wife. And these are not your familiar Disney characters: the dark, eerily gorgeous paintings of illustrator Matt Mahurin recall the grim origins of many of these Grimm tales. Ages 7-12. EMS

Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590788677
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Published: Wordsong - March 1st, 2013

Beginning with the earliest black explorers and ending with the election of President Barack Obama, Linda Tarrant-Reid has created an indispensable resource for Discovering Black America (Abrams, $29.95). This sweeping, comprehensive history touches on myriad aspects of black American life, from major historical events to countless artistic and cultural contributions. Tarrant-Reid focuses primarily on individual lives (both household names and the less famous), making the history engaging and easy to follow. Photographs, primary documents, and other ephemera flesh out the narrative. This modern classic belongs in any home or classroom library. Ages 12 and up. EMS
Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810970984
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2012

Everyone’s favorite trollfighting, sword-wielding eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl is back! In Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite (Amulet, $16.95), the second installment in the series, Mirka is once again dodging chores (especially knitting—she hates knitting), trying (and failing) to beat her wily stepmother at chess, and, of course, seeking mischief and mayhem whenever possible. Barry Deutsch’s drawings are a delight. His characters seem to burst off the page, and he portrays Mirka’s insular community with humor, just enough cheekiness, and plenty of warmth. Ages 8-12. EMS
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ISBN: 9781419703980
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Published: Amulet Books - November 1st, 2012